Wildflowers bloom throughout from cowslips in early Spring to devils-bit scabious well into autumn.
Explore this reserve on its own for a gentle stroll, or go for a longer hike throughout the Golden Valley starting at Dimmel's Dale and going on to discover other reserves including Daneway Banks.
Know before you go
Public Right of Way allows views throughout reserve and link to wider circular walks in the Golden Valley.
Tracks through the grassland. Moderate in places. Can become very slippery in prolonged wet weather.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times.
Best time to visitAll year round.
About the reserve
The species rich grassland supports:
- common spotted orchid
- yellow wort
- dyers greenweed
- common restharrow
- common rock rose
Yellow meadow anthills are found throughout, and if lucky, you may see a green woodpecker digging holes with its bill to get to the ants inside.
Due to the west facing slope, parts of the grassland are damper and support an abundance of betony and devils-bit scabious.
Butterflies thrive including marbled white, gatekeeper and common blue.
The semi-natural woodland contains oak, beech, hazel, ash, holly and whitebeam. nuthatches, tawny owls and great spotted woodpeckers are commonly seen. Amongst the dense areas of scrub, bullfinches can be heard calling.
Along the brook, grey wagtails and dippers are regularly seen, along with orange tip and green-veined white butterflies.
The purchase of Dimmel’s Dale in February 2019 was made possible by a donation left in memory of David Harman and his love for the outdoors, by his wife Jane.